Florida says no to two healthcare law features

WASHINGTON Sun Jul 1, 2012 9:39pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Florida will not implement two provisions of the U.S. healthcare law involving an expansion of Medicaid for the poor and creation of a private insurance exchange, Governor Rick Scott said on Sunday.

Two other states with Republican governors, Wisconsin and Louisiana, opted out of the two provisions last week in the wake of the Supreme Court decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The healthcare law takes full effect in January 2014 and Republican lawmakers hope to repeal it before then. Florida will comply with the law if it remains in effect, Scott said.

In a statement, the governor said the healthcare law would not aid economic growth in his state "and since Florida is legally allowed to opt out, that's the right decision for our citizens."

Scott said expansion of Medicaid, which provides healthcare for the poor, would cost $1.9 billion while the state has other health programs in place. Premiums would rise on the insurance exchange, he said.

If states do not create insurance exchanges, the federal government says it will set up them. The exchanges are intended to extend health coverage to an additional 16 million people. The Kaiser Family Foundation says 17 states have made no significant progress toward an exchange or rejected the idea.

(Reporting By Charles Abbott; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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Comments (8)
CDN_Rebel wrote:
I don’t understand America. Why is it one country? How can it call itself one country when the law of the land does not apply in every state?

A country is only a country when there is a balance of power among all states or ONE strong central leader. This is totally not the case in America, because there are TWO heads continually vying for control. The ‘country’ is ready to tear itself a part again and probably would have already if not for the security forces (that’s intl-speak for your ridiculously over-armed police).

Jul 01, 2012 10:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
judgebean wrote:
This is just political maneuvering. I’m not in favor of Obamacare by any means but now that it has passed the constitutional scrutiny it is punitive and ridiculous not to expand medicaid for the uninsured. Governor Scott indicates that premiums would rise and that is a fallacy.

Insured Americans are already paying for the uninsured through higher premiums as unpaid bills get passed on to policy holders. Adhering to the medicaid expansion would provide coverage to the uninsured and could quite possibly lower premiums in the long run as the federal government/taxpayers would be paying 90% of the bill. Medicaid billing dictates lower prices than private insurers so Governor Scott’s claim of rising premiums makes no sense whatsoever.

I’d love to peruse the 1.9 Billion dollar claim. Over what length of time is this estimate for and how was it calculated?

Jul 02, 2012 2:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
qtommyb wrote:
cdn_rebel–can you name a country that has states besides america,,im sorry i couldn’t hear that….and to judge bean—my my, since when does the government have its own money..its all taxpayers money broman, and with the government boggind down the system it will cost more, i guess much much more than the wisconsin senator estimates, open your eyes folks..government does very little well, and this healthcare reform is a disaster of an idea

Jul 02, 2012 2:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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